A Dallas County jury has ordered a nightclub to pay the mother of Dallas Cowboy Jerry Brown $25 million following testimony about the Dallas car accident that claimed her son’s life.
The club, Beamers, was found 48 percent responsible for Brown’s death after it had served his best friend and fellow Cowboys player Josh Brent alcohol when he was already visibly drunk.The two left the club with Brent behind the wheel; the fatal accident occurred just six minutes later. Brent was also assessed 48 percent of the blame and 4 percent was attributed to Brown himself.
After hearing testimony about the night’s events the jury determined that the nightclub bore responsibility for the Dallas car accident, but no punitive damages were assessed because a single juror did not believe they were warranted.
Brown’s family had initially requested that the bar and its management company be assessed up to $95 million in damages for having failed in its duty of care to both its customers and to others who might have been harmed as a result of them allowing patrons to drive away from their establishment while drunk.
Nightclub’s Attorneys Argue Against Responsibility for Fatal Dallas Car Accident
Testimony in the Dallas car accident case centered on whether the nightclub had a responsibility to stop serving alcohol to patrons who are already intoxicated. An advocate for Brown’s mother said, “I hope that this sends a message to bars — especially bars that do bottle service — to say if they’re going to undertake that type of business, they need to do it safely. They need to protect the public.
They need to make sure that their patrons aren’t being served drinks when they’re intoxicated. And our hope and prayer
According to a toxicologist who testified at trial, Brent’s blood alcohol content following the Dallas car accident was 0.18 percent – a number so high that the football player would have had to consume 17 alcoholic drinks.